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It's not fair to say that trouble happens every time PJ Sugar is around, but it feels that way when she returns to her home town, looking for a fresh start. Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend's husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder—who also happens to be PJ's former flame—is convIt's not fair to say that trouble happens every time PJ Sugar is around, but it feels that way when she returns to her home town, looking for a fresh start. Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend's husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder—who also happens to be PJ's former flame—is convinced it's an open-and-shut case, PJ's not so sure. She begins digging for clues in an effort to clear her friend’s husband and ends up reigniting old passions, uncovering an international conspiracy, and solving a murder along the way. She also discovers that maybe God can use a woman who never seems to get it right....

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Nothing but Trouble Reviews

  • Cathy Bryant
    2018-12-11 20:53

    In Nothing But Trouble we are introduced to PJ Sugar, as delightful a character as you'll ever meet (think Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, only all grown up and modernized--yeah, she's that much fun)!Some people have one of those days, but PJ Sugar has one of those lives. You know, the kind of person that trouble seems to follow like a little black raincloud.The story opens with PJ headed back to her hometown of Kellogg, Minnesota, to confront her checkered past. Can she prove to her mother and the rest of the town that she's a changed person, or will her hometown visit result in "nothing but trouble?"Here are just a few of the things, I loved about this book:HumorThis book has more LOL moments than I've had in a long time from a book. It will leave a smile on your face for weeks. Here's one from the first chapter when the guy she's expecting to propose instead tells her she's not wife material: "She stared at the place between his eyes, pretty sure she still had her shortstop aim."When he continues to be obtuse: "Okay. That. Was. It." :D (And it gets even better!)CharacterI've already mentioned how delightful PJ Sugar is, but it bears repeating in this case. You gotta love her! Susan May Warren immediately makes us sympathize with PJ (I mean, c'mon, we've all felt the sting of being jilted), but the reader also has to respect this lovable character. She doesn't sit around and lick her wounds, nor sob for what might have been--she's up and at 'em--and headed straight for...yeah, you guessed it...more trouble! I love PJ so much, I wanna be BFF...scratch that...I wanna BE PJ!!A Way With WordsSusan May Warren is a word-master. From a setting that makes you feel like you're in PJ's world, to a unique way of covering backstory (between the beeps of the answering machine), to poignant internalizations ("...it still wasn't so easy to share the limelight with the sister that was wanted"), to fresh rhetorical devices ("PJ sat there tasting yesterday like tar in her mouth"), to witty and sparkling dialogue--this author knows how to do it all!I could go on and on about this book. I LOVED it! It's wacky and entertaining--any story that involves a pizza guy, a Russian babushka and a goat has to be interesting! I can't wait for the next book in the series to see what kind of trouble PJ lands herself in next.(Read more at http://wordvessel.blogspot.com)

  • Stephany
    2018-11-20 20:02

    This was the first book in the PJ Sugar series by Susan May Warren and I really cannot wait to read more from her! The story involved a jack-of-all-trades girl, PJ, who left her small-town when she was 18 after she was accused of setting the kitchen of the country club on fire and her boyfriend, Boone, doing nothing to absolve her. She spent the next 10 years doing everything and anything - stunt girl, manicurist, clown - she could get her hands on, never fully finding her place anywhere. She returns to Kellogg when her sister needs her to babysit her son, 4-year-old Davy, while she goes off on her honeymoon. Her mom had just been in an accident and was on crutches so she couldn't watch him. A few days after her sister and new husband leave, there's a murder in the town and PJ's old best friend's husband is accused of murdering him.From then on, PJ sets out to prove his innocence, taking on the role of PI with Nancy Drew-style. Her old boyfriend, Boone, is the lead investigator on the case but he seems certain about her friend's husband's guilt. Through her investigating, she meets Jeremy, who is the husband's cousin and also a former Navy SEAL now doing PI work. PJ easily became someone I identified with immediately. She tries hard but makes mistakes. She wants to live a full life, but finds it hard to meet everyone's expectations. One thing I liked about her is that while she did get into troubling situations a lot, they weren't goofy and silly like many protaganists get into. They seemed REAL and something I could imagine happening to me! This was such a great read and I would recommend it to anyone!

  • Melissa
    2018-11-29 19:47

    I borrowed this book from OverDrive after finishing that huge book because I needed something much lighter in tone and in subject matter. The book had some first-book syndrome going on in the beginning; lots of backstory and info-dumping. However, the first scene in the book hooked me and I settled into the story and in PJ's head fairly quickly. Once she was back in her hometown and the murder took place, then things got interesting - more than enough to have me borrowing the second book in the series. There is a hints at a love triangle, but at the end PJ decides on neither of the men and wants to work on herself. PJ is lovable, good-hearted without being overly weird like most cozy mystery amateur sleuths, but damn is she impulsive at times. She also had a lot of character development going on in this book; it is almost like it is part mystery, part chick lit. There is a lot of Christianity in this book, but it is authentic to PJ's character and never feels preachy - it is PJ who kept reminding herself of biblical verses to help her think through and calm down in some low points while investigating the murder. I even like the recurring side characters and they helped in world building as well as added to the plotline.

  • Susan
    2018-11-15 23:43

    It has been a while since I read it but remember that I enjoyed it.

  • Ruth
    2018-11-17 22:54

    Ten years ago PJ Sugar left her small hometown of Kellogg, Minnesota, in disgrace, and has been running from her past ever since. After an unexpected call from her sister for help, PJ does the one thing she thought was impossible – returns to the scene of her “crimes,” the town she fled after earning the nickname “nothing but trouble” and being accused of setting fire to the country club. From the moment she sets foot in Kellogg for her sister’s wedding, everywhere PJ turns it seems that her failures and shortcomings are dredged up, crushing her hopes for a fresh start. She was always the wild child, frustrating her mother and leaving her best friend to cope with becoming a single parent. But perhaps the most painful – and dangerous – memories are wrapped up in the form of handsome, blue-eyed bad boy-turned-cop Boone, her former flame. Boone’s betrayal is the main reason she kept running, and his magnetic pull even ten years later is the primary test of PJ’s resolve to prove she’s genuinely changed. PJ Sugar is a great heroine – fun, feisty, and daring, she’s no shy wallflower. A relatively new believer, she’s desperate to prove she’s finally making some good choices and will no longer disappoint people. Her drive to prove her worthiness to others and to God is extremely well-drawn and relatable. The harder she tries to fit in, the more she fails, but when she starts to realize that maybe, just maybe, God can use her redeemed, messy, unorthodox self in spit e of her best efforts does PJ start to loosen her grip on the past and walk into a future full of promise. Warren always does an excellent job incorporating a subtle spiritual thread into her stories, and PJ’s is no exception – it works because Warren doesn’t hammer you over the head with a message, she presents faith as lived out by her very real characters. Susan May Warren has long been one of my favorite authors, but it’s been a while since I’ve picked up one of her novels (my TBR stack is out of control!). From the first, Nothing but Trouble was a great reminder of why I love Warren’s writing. The dialogue hums with life, and the plot grabs you from the first page and never lets go. The characters, from PJ to her mother to Boone, are multi-faceted and wonderfully real. Warren’s characters aren’t cookie cutter, flat creations – they’re messy and real and fun. Speaking of Boone, Warren excels at writing swoon-worthy heroes, and in this novel she gives us not one, but two charismatic leads to vie for PJ’s affections. I can’t wait to see how that one plays out (I’m pulling for Jeremy, the mysterious private investigator). I loved how Warren gives a nod to her time in Russia as a missionary. The unexpected culture shock PJ encounters with her sister’s in-laws provides fodder for some of the book’s most comical scenes. Part chick lit, part cozy mystery, Nothing but Trouble is an expertly plotted tale of romance, redemption, and grace.

  • Nancy
    2018-12-11 17:11

    I started out reading the third book, "Licensed for Trouble" in the PJ Sugar series first. It can be read alone or first, no problem. I loved that one so much that I knew I'd be reading the whole series. It was my first Susan May Warren book.Having just finished "Nothing but Trouble" I really want to write a review that does this series justice, if possible. I read a lot, many top list best sellers, am an English major, and have attempted writing and getting my own kid detective stories published. These books in the PJ series are exactly the books I would have written if I had thought of them. An author who creates stories like these that are so full of life, truly knows the Giver of Life. Stories so full of intricate plot details, has a very sharp mind. And who can create a character like PJ who is so flawed, yet so full of humor, has got to have an incredible sense of humor. You can't write great, clever funny lines if you don't see the world with eyes of humor. It's not that PJ doesn't take herself and her dilemmas seriously, she just doesn't take them TOO seriously. Great role model for all of us. Still Warren makes us feel her angst.And yet PJ has this wonderful sense of discernment as well as a very multi-dimensional past job history that evolves, with God's help, into her becoming a natural at solving crimes. It is not easy to weave all of these things together, and yet, Warren seems to do it so smoothly, seemingly effortlessly. Having read two of the three books of the series so far, I can't imagine how anyone can keep from falling in love with PJ . . she is all of us. At least, she is me.PJ makes us love her as a detective because she truly cares about the people she is trying to defend, not just trying to do a job. I believe that that is where her Christianity comes in. It eventually helps her to do exploits in His name. All heroes and heroines in Christian fiction should be super amazing characters dressed in everyday clothes. And this book shows with crystal clarity how God helps us to be so much more than we are!! Surrender being the operative word.But what I think I love most about these books is that fumbling as we are, God watches us, sees our foibles, and loves us anyway. It's a classic theme . . PJ is the Maxwell Smart, the Colombo, who solves the crime in spite of themselves. But in this case, believable, because she has had the greatness of God behind her, helping her all the way.I think that the plot takes us places where we probably would not go without deeply caring about others and without surrendering, laying our lives on the line and just jumping in!And I love PJ for the tremendous way she operates, under the terrible pressure of trying to prove that she is anything but trouble.So uplifting, so impressive. I have a new favorite writer!!

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-16 23:08

    I received this as an ARC. In all fairness to all parties, and as you can plainly see above, there is no reference to the fact that Susan May Warren is a Christian Lit author in the blurb. If there had been, I never would have requested to review the book. Not that I have anything against Christianity or any other religion, for that matter, (I just don't like points of view, religious or political, being forced on me) and I'm certainly not here to spark a religious debate. However a review is only as strong as the reviewer's point of view, so here goes.The phrase "That was before I was Christian," is tossed around in this novel by several characters in an attempt to excuse everything from Grand Larceny to refusing to date someone. This type of blanket moral escapism infuriates me. Being Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, etc. makes you who you are, but it doesn't automatically make you a better person. It doesn't excuse past wrongs and it doesn't preclude a person from making mistakes in the future. There is no celestial delete key. PJ also credits surrendering to Jesus with her dumb-luck in solving the case and nearly getting herself, her nephew, and her friends killed in the process. Actually the only times that PJ turns to prayer in the book are in passing and it seems purely self-serving. I could have looked beyond all of it if it didn't seem so forced into the story. It almost feels like the author went back and added it as an afterthought.Religion aside, neither the plot nor the characters have much depth. I had a hard time finding likable character. PJ's mother is supposed to be a hard woman with soft heart but she's so flat as a character that it just comes off as inconsistent writing. Her sister is too busy creating her own perfect career and marriage to pay any heed to her attention starved toddler; she just uses PJ. Boone, her high school sweetheart, wants her back but won't trust her and completely dismisses her opinions. PJ herself seems to be a 10¢ knock off of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, with none of the humor or charm. She has a bad-girl reputation she didn't earn and is really just a drifter who ran from her problems and never grew up.The plot is far fetched, at best. (Who goes to a shooting range on a date?!? Oh, wait, it was just a rather obvious plot device.) In the end, PJ is hired by a detective agency, but for the life of me, I don't know why. (At least with Stephanie Plum, the fact that she still has a job makes sense; Vinnie is (blackmailed) family and Ranger finds her amusing.) And PJ's country club privileges are restored... because that's what's important, right?If you're looking for a Christian Stephanie Plum with no personality, this is the book for you. http://girlsjustreading.blogspot.com/...

  • Pen
    2018-11-15 22:00

    P.J. Sugar is a quirky character who I enjoyed laughing with.

  • melissa
    2018-12-02 17:06

    Although this one wasn’t completely what I expected, I enjoyed it. I knew this one was going to be Christian when I requested it, but then forgot by the time I received it. I don’t remember the description saying anything, and the back of the book didn’t, but I knew from the publisher. When I started reading, I was a bit surprised when she mentioned it. I didn’t think it was presented in an offensive, in your face way that I have seen it before. In fact, for the first half of the book, I felt it was rarely mentioned, and for the first 2/3 of the book until PJ actually went to church, she was really the only Christian character.PJ’s mom is a big influence on her (to her surprise), and it struck me that it was often her voice she heard, either things she said to her as a teen or through the book. This was interesting to me from the way the author portrays their relationship throughout the book.It bothered me that her nephew Davey didn’t speak much. I worked in Child Care for years, and never heard such a quiet 4 year old. =)There were parts in the book that PJ’s lack of common sense (like so many mystery heroines tend to have these days) really bothered me. PJ knows that breaking and entering is wrong. She said so. Before AND after. And yet, she did it. Twice. Um, ok. I guess the end justifies the means?The last quarter of the book became heavier in scripture. But it seems appropriate to me.Toward the end she started to remind me of someone. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Then at the end when she is standing in the park with the Cop (Boone) and the PI (Jeremy), it hit me. She was trying to be quirky, and fun, and a little sarcastic, and be in the good boy/bad boy love triangle like Stephanie Plum. Which almost worked, but it fell a little flat for me. It was kind of trying to reinvent the wheel. But maybe these 2 genres don’t mesh well. But if you take it for what it is, and not compare it, it’s still a cute story and an enjoyable read.And there is enough set up at the end, not to be frustrating, but to see where this series goes…

  • Nora St Laurent
    2018-11-24 18:44

    PJ’s back in her hometown to attend her sister’s wedding. Her nickname in High School was NBT—Nothing But Trouble. PJ says this about herself, “Ever since I’ve been back, I’ve felt like…like I’ve been sucked back in time. Like I’m walking around in my old body, but there’s this new person inside screaming. However, no matter what I do, she’s locked in there, and I’m destined to be the person I left behind.”PJ’s become a Christian after High School and has changed but the people she used to know still treat her the same; no one knew what circumstances caused her to run. She was facing that reality of that herself.Trudi's husband is arrested for murder - Trudi was PJ’s BFF in High School. PJ is not going to let an innocent man be blamed for something she knew he didn’t do. She’s frustrated with her patience level. She needed God’s help more than ever to deal with the pain of her past as she chases down clues to uncover the real murderer.I love how PJ explains her faith. “I’m not talking about going to church. I’m talking about being a different person—thinking differently and wanting different things than I did before. I’m not the girl I was when I left.”Her old boyfriend, Boone, tells PJ since she is a Christian now—which means more than just going to church--shouldn’t she forgive like Jesus did? Ouch! I could relate to PJ on so many levels, she tried hard to say and do the right things, but it didn’t always work out. I enjoyed PJ and this story. She’s honest, real and loyal, unlike the friends of her past.This is the first book in the PJ Sugar series. I can’t wait to find out what happens next in book two called, Double Trouble.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”Nora St.LaurentThe Book Club Network www.bookfun.orgThe Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine www.bookfunmagazine.com

  • Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
    2018-11-20 21:56

    I reviewed all three of these on my blog at once. Link goes live in a few days. I'll post it then. But for now here's my review:My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Susan started the novel in media res (in the middle of things). It started with PJ being told by her boyfriend that she just wasn't "pastor wife material" and then her sister calling and telling her she needs to come home. Home to Kellogg—the town she hasn't set foot in for ten years. Sugar comes home and her high school friend Trudi's husband is accused of murder. Sugar believes he's innocent and sets out to clear his name.Sugar was nicknamed Nothing But Trouble and has a hard time believing otherwise. Trouble just seems to follow her everywhere. She's just not sure she fits in or if she is worth all the trouble.Boone, Sugar's old flame, believes that Trudi's husband is guilty and that puts him on the opposite side of Sugar. And yet, he wants to rekindle their romance. Sugar's not sure she wants to. Sugar does find trouble though and she finds a savior in the name of Jeremy. He wants to clear his cousin (Trudi's husband) from the crime too. I loved Jeremy's character. I couldn't get enough of him and I wondered what would happen between Sugar and Jeremey and Boone. It felt like a love triangle in the making and I couldn't wait to see how it played out. This novel was hilarious, brilliantly written, and had wonderful characters who kept me interested in the story the whole time.In Summary: Susan May Warren has been suggested to me so many times. I'm so glad I finally cracked down and read this one. It was incredibly beautifully written and I'm so glad I read it.

  • Mary
    2018-11-21 00:08

    Nothing But Trouble is the story of PJ Sugar and her return to the "scene of the crime" - her hometown. She left ten years earlier - as soon as she could toss off her graduation cap and gown - after taking the fall for a crime she didn't commit. So when she gets the call to come home she takes it to be a chance to clear her name. She gets that chance and more.PJ is a likable character and I hope to learn more about her in future books (this is the first of a series). She's trying to become a better person and considers herself a work in progress. She became a Christian a few years before coming home. I suppose this is considered Christian lit, which surprised me when I received the book. I had not expected that. There is scripture worked into the story in small ways that seemed entirely appropriate to the plot. I didn't find it heavy-handed at all.There's definitely still some chemistry between PJ and her former love, Boone. He now works for the Kellogg Police Department and it seems he'd like to pick up where things left off ten years ago. But, as tempted as she is, PJ just can't jump back into a relationship that was the main reason she had to leave town. There's also something brewing between PJ and Jeremy Kane, the investigator working on a murder case. What will their relationship be in future novels? I'm interested enough to keep reading the series.I don't read many mysteries but I think this would be categorized as a cozy. Susan May Warren wrote an entertaining novel - I'm looking forward to the next in the PJ Sugar series.

  • Kathryn
    2018-12-08 20:43

    I love this book and the authors way of writing that keeps you turning the pages to see whats going to happen next. PJ hasn't followed in the steps that her mother wanted her too. She lettered in highschool by playing football, she dated the boy who got her in trouble and fled her hometown after graduation in an agreement to keep her out of jail for arson which she didn't commit, but that her boyfriend Boone did. She returns after 10 years to the plea of help from her sister who is about to be remarried and needs someone to watch her 4yr old son while she is on her honeymoon. She comes home hoping not to be recognized and to do her job and then leave. However, she runs into her old boyfriend who wants her back and is now the new detective of the town and still trying to change everyones opinion of him and also to her mothers genuine love for her, and to her old best friend's husband being accused of murder. she becomes the one to take on the injustice of being named guilty without a trial and works to prove that their are other suspects in this case of collectors coins and money gone missing. She meets Jeremy, the retired navy seal/PI who has been hired by trudi to find evidence to free her husband of being framed and finds that she, PJ is being framed too. She helps solve the mystery and wins the heart of her nephew, Davy and believes in the love her mother has for her even if she isn't like her perfect, lawyer, mother like her sister.

  • Phyllis Wheeler
    2018-11-17 22:08

    PJ Sugar returns to her small town in Minnesota after wandering the United States for 10 years. Is she still the impulsive, passionate teen who loved the wild child Boone and helped set the country club afire on prom night, or has she grown up now? That is the question she keeps asking herself. She cringes under the weight of her mother’s disapproval. But her mother is saying some very loving and positive things. Does she really disapprove?Soon a mystery takes center stage. PJ feels that she had abandoned her best friend Trudi, pregnant and unwed. Now Trudi’s in hot water again–her husband is accused of murder, and PJ is sure he didn’t do it. Not abandoning your friend–what does that look like? In this case PJ turns sleuth and does some minor breaking and entering to try to piece together the whodunit. But is she just going to get into big trouble again?And of course Boone is still in the picture. Does she still love him? How can she, now that she is a committed Christian and he isn’t? What about another fellow she’s finding mighty attractive, Jeremy, who’s investigating the same crime, shows up at her church, and talks the talk?I found this book to be very hard to put down. Susan May Warren is a master of the craft. I’m looking forward to reading more of her books. This one is the first of a series based on PJ Sugar, and I’ll be happy to read more of them.

  • Janna
    2018-11-14 20:04

    NBT - Nothing But Trouble. That was PJ's nickname when she was younger. Trouble seemed to follow her everywhere she went, all the way up to leaving town immediately following graduation because she didn't want to go to jail. She spends the next 10 years wandering all over the country, moving from place to place and working a string of rather interesting and different jobs in a half-hearted attempt to fit in somewhere. Now her sister calls her, desperately needing her to come home for her wedding and babysit her 4 year old son while she goes on her 2 week honeymoon. PJ finally agrees, goes home and ends up confronting her past head on all the while she learns all kinds of things about her past that end up changing her present and future. On top of that, her best friend from highschools husband is accused of murder and it is up to PJ to prove that he didn't do it... without getting into too much trouble of course!This is a wonderful premise, with an excellent, fun style and enough mystery to really keep you guessing. Most impressive to me was the wrap-up with enough ends tied up to satisfy the reader, but enough let a little loose to leave me ready to join PJ in her next book. What a great story!

  • Sally
    2018-12-06 15:56

    I've read some great books by Susan May Warren. This isn't one of them. The book opens with PJ's boyfriend telling her that she just isn't pastor's wife material, and he wants to be a pastor. They break up and she returns to the home town that she left 10 years ago and promptly shows why the (ex)boyfriend was right. It's not the multiple jobs she's had in the past, or the behavior that made her leave home at age 18. After all, we've all got skeletons in our closets and have done things of which we're not proud. PJ's friend's husband is arrested for murder and PJ just HAS to find out the truth. This involves her lying, cheating, breaking and entering, and more than one duplicitous action - all while going to church on Sundays and focusing on one particular Bible passage that claims her as one of God's chosen. Warren, in her author's note, writes of 'messiness' and 'impulsiveness' and how God loves us regardless. It might have been better if PJ had been slightly contrite in her actions, but I don't think she was. And to me, her actions were more than just 'messiness' in life. I borrowed the trilogy of books from my library system. I only got part way through the second because the plot bored me and PJ still didn't impress me. I'm not going to even bother with book 3.

  • Christy Lockstein
    2018-12-09 21:41

    Nothing But Trouble by Susan May Warren is the first book in the PJ Sugar series. PJ is returning home to Kellogg, Minnesota after she left in disgrace and under suspicion for arson the night of her high school graduation 10 years ago. When sister Connie goes on her honeymoon, she needs PJ to take care of her son Davy. PJ wants to use the opportunity to find redemption and maybe reclaim the life she left so long ago, but when her best friend's husband is accused of murder, she can't help but start her own investigation to clear his name. This book is why I love reading! It's filled with fully-fleshed characters who make me laugh and bring tears to my eyes. The story has lots of twists and turns and puts PJ in the craziest situations (substituting a male goat for a dead female one). Most importantly, the book has a huge heart. PJ has been trying to find herself for her entire life, but only by returning home and gaining a new perspective can she see who she really is. PJ's grief and attempts to be a new person make her delightful and completely lovable. I hope that Warren never runs out of ideas for PJ, because I will be there with every turn of the page.

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-07 23:48

    From my blog...[return][return]Nothing But Trouble is the first book in Susan May Warren's PJ Sugar series. The reader is introduced to fun and quirky PJ Sugar who is finally returning home to Kellogg, Minnesota after being run out of town on her graduation day. Her homecoming is about as PJ expects, except running into her old boyfriend who is now a police officer, part of the reason she was run out of town. To make matters worse, PJ is left to care for her 4-year-old nephew, whom she has never met, while her sister goes off on her honeymoon, what could possibly go wrong in two short weeks? The reader is soon introduced to the quirky inhabitants of this charming small town and trouble seems to follow PJ wherever she goes. When her best friend's husband is arrested for murder PJ decides to do some digging around on her own to uncover the identity of the true murderer. PJ Sugar is a loveable and rather sharp-witted character, the novel is quite engaging as well as endearing and I would recommend Nothing But Trouble to anyone looking for a charming cozy mystery, but be prepared to want to immediately follow-up with the next novel in the series, Double Trouble.

  • Cecilia
    2018-11-15 20:58

    I had originally wanted to go 4, but in retrospect, I would seriously consider re-reading Nothing But Trouble again because it actually turned out pretty decent! PJ proves to be a fun and likeable main character. I never knew what would happen next - all I knew is that it probably led to trouble!Nothing But Trouble was a fun and fast-paced read that included some Christian elements as PJ comes to terms with herself and the past that haunts her. The love triangle that emerges between PJ, Boone, and Jeremy also helped to keep my interest - both men have their advantages, but I think it will be interesting to see who will ultimately win PJ's heart. I am definitely looking forward to the sequel to see what trouble PJ finds herself in after discovering a knack for private investigation!More complete review here

  • Brandie
    2018-12-03 16:03

    Okay, when I first started this book, I admit in my head I rolled my eyes a bit. Because I knew EXACTLY what was going to happen ...she would return home, struggle, something would happen, she's ask for forgiveness, they would forgive her, she'd get the guy and life would end happily ever after.Umm, wrong! LOL! Once I started reading I realized that was not at all how it would happen - and I was so glad for it!I loved this book! Just feel in love with PJ. Loved the mystery aspect of it, and loved that it felt a lot more realistic than similar genre books feel. And for that, I am grateful!When the next PJ books come out, I will be getting my hands on it to read it! I am so glad I was sent this book, and am so embarrassed that I was so ready to write it off in the first chapter. But boy am I glad I didn't put it down and walk away at that point! LOL!

  • Terri
    2018-11-24 20:47

    I was ready to follow PJ on her adventure from the first page. I enjoyed Warren's descriptions so much. Here's an example, "Around the patio area, rusty pool furniture glimmered under the tinny, buzzing fluorescent lights. A horde of moths flirted with death around the heat of the bulbs; the earthy palmetto smell tangled with the coconut oil smeared onto the deck chairs, tempering the sharp odor of chlorine. . . and wet towels taunted by the wind slapped the metal rail above her as she climbed the stairs to her unit. Home sweet home." I can feel the moisture in the breeze and smell the coconut oil and the sense that this is not the Hilton. I was a little frustrated at the end when PJ is still flirting with two different guys, until I realized the story continues in "Double Trouble," which I have to go get now. Thanks Susan!

  • Rachelle Sperling
    2018-11-18 23:05

    I enjoyed Nothing But Trouble. I like how Susan Warren can blend together the deep and the outrageous. The main character, PJ Sugar, was funny and impulsive, even as she ran from her pain and her poor choices. I enjoyed seeing the development of PJ’s character as she came to realize that maybe her interpretation of her life wasn’t 100% accurate.I loved how the author blended in an off the wall, “Murder She Wrote” small town, big crime, kind of storyline with the development of PJ’s character. I always enjoy how Warren brings in a little bit of Russia and thought that the goat was an especially nice touch. (You’ll have to read the book to understand that comment.) Nothing But Trouble was a fun filled book wrapped around deeper truths and I would recommend it.See my profile for my star rating system.

  • Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    2018-11-20 20:53

    Ten years after leaving it in disgrace, PJ Sugar returns to her hometown to look after her nephew while her sister is on her honeymoon. PJ always had a knack for finding trouble and soon after arriving home, she finds herself knee deep in it again. Her former boyfriend is now a cop and when her best friend's husband is accused of murder, PJ decides that she's going to solve the mystery herself.The first of the PJ Sugar series, it took me awhile to get into and I found it light on the mystery and suspense, light on the romance and light on the Christian. Entertaining and easy to read, PJ needs to grow up and find out who she really is. I wish I could give it 2.5 stars. I liked it, I didn't love it. Perfect for a light summer read.

  • Sandy Mckenzie
    2018-11-24 23:43

    I could tell from the beginning that this ws going to be a very enjoyable read.It’s not fair to say that trouble happens every time PJ Sugar is around, but it feels that way when she returns to her hometown, looking for a fresh start. Within a week, her former teacher is murdered and her best friend’s husband is arrested as the number-one suspect. Although the police detective investigating the murder–who also happens to be PJ’s former flame–is convinced it’s an open-and-shut case, PJ’s not so sure. She begins digging for clues in an effort to clear her friend’s husband and ends up reigniting old passions, uncovering an international conspiracy, and solving a murder along the way. She also discovers that maybe God can use a woman who never seems to get it right.

  • Irene
    2018-11-24 18:42

    PJ Sugar is home again after ten years away. Coming home brings back all of the feelings and memories of the PJ she tried so hard to leave behind. She is a sweet girl grown to a good woman that no matter where she goes, trouble seems to find her. Well, she is not running away this time. No matter how tempting it is. She stays put, finds more trouble, but also finds a lot of answers deep in herself that she has been looking for for a long time.This is a fun book. Well written and full or surprises. PJ proves she is a strong woman even if she doesn't feel or see it that way until the end. She learns and shared a lot of lessens with her nephew that she is sitting while her sister is on her honeymoon. Together they find a connection and bond that didn't seem there before.

  • Kate Scott
    2018-12-01 20:07

    When I first read the synopsis of Nothing but Trouble, I knew it was going to be a winner. Mystery, romance, faith, humor, and just a hint of international intrigue––how can you go wrong with that?Ten years after leaving her hometown of Kellog, Minnesota, disgraced and widely considered the biggest troublemaker in town, PJ Sugar is cajoled into returning home to care for her four-year-old nephew while her sister is out of town. Determined to restore her reputation and make peace with the past, PJ soon realizes that her penchant for troublemaking is hard to escape.Continue reading this review here: http://parchmentgirl.com/2011/05/07/r...

  • Jenness
    2018-11-22 23:09

    Part way through this book I decided this is the Christian/Inspirational version of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. PJ Sugar in trying to solve a mystery goes from one sticky situation to another. She has feelings for two men, the fomer SEAL now PI (can you say Ranger) and the high school sweetheart now policman (now say Joe). Add complex family relationships, sister and mother, and what do you have - Stephanie Plum without the sex. Cute story and I did enjoy reading it. Reads fast, mystery, boy/girl and family relationships. Not overly preachy but still references to the Bible and Christianity. Haven't decided whether to stick with the series.

  • Sally Bradley
    2018-11-24 16:56

    Nothing But Trouble is one of those books that makes you want to find a stack of novels and read for a week straight.PJ Sugar is a lovable heroine who’s funny and hurting. She’s got a messy past she’d love to erase and an overwhelming desire to do things right. But it just doesn’t seem to be in her DNA.Lucky for us. :)What I like about the book is that PJ isn’t perfect at all. She seems like someone we’ve met before, and because of that we can relate to her. Except for the Russians in the book. She’s one up on me there.If you like romance, mystery, comedy, or adventure, you'll enjoy Nothing But Trouble.

  • Strawberry
    2018-11-16 22:09

    This was a somewhat poor romance and I didn't like the ending at all (After reading the series, I see that this book is really only the first 1/3 of the whole story.), but it was a great mystery. I don't mine when I suspect the killer before the end, but I really like when I'm unsure. If you're looking for a romance, there is an ex-flame that still flames and a new guy along with the humor of non-English speaking in-laws and a goat It's worth the read just to see if you'd like to continue. The 4 stars are for the series as a whole because I would possible someday read them again.

  • Debora Wilder
    2018-11-25 17:05

    A wonderful mystery that is full of twists and turns.PJ leaves town under a heavy cloak of accusation. When she returns 10 years later can she change how everyone, including herself, sees her? The answer can only be found as she tries to solve the mystery of a man’s murder and the accusation against her best friend’s husband.As PJ fumbles her way through trying to solve the case there are hilarious twists and turns to be navigated. There is also a lot of soul searching as PJ faces up to and deals with the past.A fabulously entertaining read that I highly recommend.